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but this is not what this speech is for. it's a status report on where the country is now and usually a plan for the year to come. the best thing to do is probably to check our expectations, listen closely and hope that what is said tonight is actually what gets carried out. that's it for me. brooke baldwin takes it over for me now in "newsroom". of course we'll be watching you, ali, during the coverage with the best political team on television. here on the state of the union night, breaking news out of washington. we have just seen the house approve this resolution which essentially promises to kcut government nonsecurity spending to 2008 levels, maybe less. that is prebailout, prestimulus, pre-obama inauguration. also, we are following what has been a massive day of protests. have you seen these images out of cairo, egiyptegypt? we have crews on the ground covering this. the protesters say they're angry about the rising cost of living and about government corruption.
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plus this. incredible new images from inside that airport attack in moscow. look what cameras were able to capture. see the bright flashs? that is the actual moment of the suicide blast. i'm going to speak with an expert to say that more security is an exercise in few tilt. the house of representatives has just passed a resolution pledging to cut non-security spending back to 2008 levels. and the chair of that committee is congressman paul ryan. and, yes, that is the same guy delivering tonight's gop response to the state of the union. i want to bring in dana bash, our senior congressional correspondent with all of this breaking news on capitol hill. dana, let's begin with this congressman, paul ryan, obviously front and center today, hours before the state of the union. who is he and how would they
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propose to cut, what, $60 billi billion? >> reporter: that's what it adds up to in general if you listen to republicans and how they describe cutting back spending to 2008 levels. your answer to the question to who is paul ryan, he is a very young guy, certainly an up-and-comer. he has already come, probably one of the most powerful in recent history. he's 40 years old and has made some waves in some of the things he's proposed in the past like ways to trim the budget, trim spending, from his perspective personally he thinks that medicare should be revamped, that there should be privatization as part of social security. but it is no accident that the republican s asked him to delivr this speech tonight because he is a person who this resolution puts in charge much trying to figure out how republicans are going to cut that spending back to 2008 levels. the answer to the question of what are they going to cut, how are they going to do it, we
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don't know. the republicans have been very vague. we have asked so many times, republican after republican, for specifics. we don't have them yet. but this particular resolution authorizes paul ryan to start to figure out what the cuts will be. >> dana, congressman ryan is going to have this fresh vote for his gop address, post-presidential state of the union, will this be a huge win for republicans? >> reporter: well, it's interesting. because republicans have such a huge majority in the house now, they can pass pretty much anything as long as there isn't serious interrepublican fighting. this is a win for republicans but also a message from republicans. it is not subtle at all. as you pointed out in the lead-in, they are saying they want to cut back spending to before obama was in office. they're setting the stage intentionally for the spending fight with the president. everybody knew they were going to have it. what we'll see in three, four weeks, the week of valentine's
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day is the first real vote on how much and where republicans want to cut spending. we heard that today, brooke. >> dana bash with the breaking news. dana, thank you so much. i want to know, turn our attention overseas. this remarkable sight. i want to take you to the streets of cairo, egypt, today. watch. this is what i'm talking about. look at them. it's thousands of people. they're angry. they say they're fed up and they're doing something that is actually very rare in a tightly controlled country. they're rising up against the government. here is something important i want you to keep in mind here. the people in these crowds are not demanding anything specific or reacting to anything specific. instead, protest organize 0ers say, they're riding a wave of anti-government sentiment in arab states. it's a wave that is growing. it's already toppled one north african president. egyptian police and security
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forces are trying to contain these crowds, and we've heard that tear gas and water cannons have actually been used on the protesters today. i'm going to get much more detail in a second. but i want to show you something first. it's something that will make you as it did our team stop in your tracks. i want you to watch this moment when one protester, keep your eye on this one man, he stood alone against a crowd control water truck in cairo today. the force of the water, he's just standing there. there is really no better cnn correspondent to talk about trouble in egypt can and the wider middle east than our own senior national correspondent
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ben wedeman. he lives in cairo. he's been in the middle of the protests. before we go to him live, we heard from ben earlier today on tv, a couple of hours ago when the situation there in cairo got very, very tense. >> reporter: it's unrest, it's obviously going to have to recalculate, political recalculati recalculations. anyway, right now i'm -- with tear gas. >> are you okay? or do you want to get to a place of safety, ben? >> reporter: i'll do my best. i'll just have to keep one eye open. >> ben wedeman joins me on the phone from cairo. ben, i tell you what, i was watching and listening to that earlier today and i couldn't get my eyes off the screen. first things first, how are you? are you safe? and secondly are the streets any calmer tonight in cairo? >> reporter: we're safe now, back in the bureau, which isn't
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actually far from where the protests are still taking place in that main square of the city. we've been watching as more and more security forces, riot police, have been coming closer and closer. apparently they're trying to persuade the people -- basically, they're having a massive sit-in in cairo. they continue as i speak. we just heard from the interior ministry just a few moments ago that one demonstrator was killed by tear gas in the town of suez. here in cairo a riot police man was killed by a stone. in fact, just before i was gagged by the gas today, there was a huge exchange of stones between the rioters or rather the protesters and the police. so i'm not surprised that that sort of thing has happened. but this protest, the size of
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this protest, has stunned people here. even the participants. nobody expected it to get so big. i was watching as just thousands of people were pouring over a bridge over the nile to join this protest in cairo's main square. and it's just surprising how big it's gotten and how long it's gone on. >> i know you said earlier you've covered this part of the world for years and years and you've never seen a scene like this. you said one protester dead, one riot police officer dead. i'm sure the numbers could change. but i want to talk, though, these are protestors of all ages. they're seizing on the unrest that toppled the tunisian government nearby. i know you were there recently, ben. how do the two scenes compare at all? >> reporter: well, there's a fundamental difference, and i worked in tunisia also during the old regime. it's much more repressive. people were afraid to talk. the press was tightly controlled.
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it's just completely different in egypt. there is some very outspoken opposition newspapers. people can say what they want in egypt. it's just the difference is that when it comes to action, that's when the government here really cracks down. you're more than free to complain with your friends in the cafe as much as you like, but the fundamental problems are the same. you have high unemployment, deteriorating economic situation, a widespread official corruption and a government that's been in power for decades. so there are similarities and there are significant differences. but what we heard today, the demand of the protesters, is the president who's been in power since 1981 step down from power. that seem tos to be the one dem everybody is agreeing on. >> how is the government responding to those demands? >> reporter: the government is obviously -- the president has
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expressed no intention of respond to that particular request, and in fact the government is standing firm. they made many declarations recently and over the last years about cracking down on corruption on trying to improve living conditions. but this is a big country of more than 80 million people. 40% of them live on $2 a day. it's very difficult to really sort of respond dramatically and quickly to the demands people are making. >> it's hard to wrap even our heads from our vantage here around these protests and also it's significant to point out the demonstration very much so organized by two groups on facebook. ben wedeman, you've done an amazing job reporting there from cairo. please stay safe. now i want you to watch this. it is new video of the exact moment that suicide bomber blew up in an airport yesterday.
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as we pore over all of these new detals out of moscow, we're posing this one specific question. is better airport security needed here in the u.s.? my next guest says it will never happen and he used to run the most secure airport in the world. he'll tell me why. also, in case you were one of those people a little too lazy to look on the other side of the can or box, turn it over, it is about to get even easier for you to see how healthy or maybe not so much your food is. [ female announcer ] when you look 10 years younger, you're proud to admit your age. i'm 43. [ female announcer ] only roc® retinol correxion
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200. it happened when one, possibly two, suicide bombers -- it's not yet been confirmed -- detonated themselves inside the arrival hall, which was full of travelers. i want you to watch this tape because you're going to see the moment the suicide bomb went off in the moscow airport recorded by a surveillance camera. you need to pay close attention to the blasts on the right side of your screen. there it goes. people who are not killed or wounded, obviously they panic, they run. wouldn't you? sho far there is no claim of responsibility and russian officials particularly prime minister vladimir putin are slamming the security system, saying someone there must be held accountable. that is what i want to talk about to the president of new age security solutions based in maryland, but he used to run security at arguably the most secure airport in the world, the airport in tel-aviv. thank you so much for coming on. if we can first, i want you to react to the video.
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guys, if we can just roll the video inside the moscow airport where you see the blast, sir, you ran security in and out, was there anything about these images that surprised you? >> no. i think that this type of scenario has been expected already for a while, suicide bombers have been attacking a whole variety of targets and with aviation being a prime target, it was just a matter of time that an airport would be attacked. actually, a couple of years ago we had an attempt to drive a car bomb in a suicidal manner into glasgow airport terminal. >> yes. >> and we had some other attacks, say, against terminals through the history of terrorism against aviation. so i don't think it's surprising. >> much more vulnerable parts of the airport, which i want to get to that point in a moment. really the reality check here, sir, if someone were to plan
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this moscow-style attack, a suicide bomb in say, an open area like baggage claim, realistically, could the tsa prevent something like that? >> well, i don't think at this point neither tsa or actually most other airport security organizations are able to promise us a complete protection against this type of attack because i think that by nature this vulnerability will always be here to some extent. but i think that the question we need to ask ourselves is, what do we do the most in order to mitigate the risk to a more containable level? >> what do you think about that? because i know you know about the spot program, you have the agents milling about, these more vulnerable places in u.s. airports, supposed to be spotting unusual behavior. >> yes. this is -- >> is that effective? >> it is part of the mitigation program, but it should not be
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limited to that. first of all, we need to remember that a presence of whether it is law enforcement or tsa personnel, any airport is relatively limited. and we need to recruit the whole airport community to identify suspicious behavior or suspicious events and respond to it correctly. but further to this, i think that there are two other elements that need to be considered at this time. one is the way we're using law enforcement at the airport. most of the law enforcement officers today at the airport are positioned inside the terminal rather than outside the terminal. we need to push the security further out to an outer layer security. >> let me just ask, i know at your airport watching the moscow
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vid video i'm sure turned into that they added -- >> sure. parts of weapons as well that would then be very dangerous for people around that area as well. i think it's just all of these questions is part of a broader conversation and a reality check
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given what has happened in moscow. rofi ron, thank you so much. i appreciate your perspective. . >> thank you. >> staying on moscow, coming up later, cnn's ivan watson catches up with some of the survivors of the blast. you're going to want to hear how some of them describe the scene in those moments after that suicide bomber exploded. wait for that. but still ahead, the very first guantanamo detainee to be tried in a u.s. civilian court is sentenced. that is ahead. also, next, senator john ba ras sew joins me live to tell me what he would like to hear from president obama in tonight's state of the union. we'll talk on the other side of the break.
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>> if we're willing to put aside short-term politics. if our objective is winning the future, then we should be able to get our act together here. because we are all americans and we are in this race together. >> so basically i think what the president is saying there is it's crucial that we invest to compete with the rest of the world. he also talks about how it will
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help create jobs. how about say how we did homework in your home state of wyoming. wind energy, do you think that's a wise government investment? >> when they say the word investment they so often mean spending. i'm on the environment committee. wyoming provides wind, oil, gas, uranium for nuclear power. had the president says we need more nuclear power mrarnts, i want to work with him on that n in. >> you think it's important to invest in wind energy in your state. >> i want to make sure it pays. that's why i worry about the word "investment." when the president says that so often it means spending. we've seen with this administration, so many things he's invested in, it's not created jobs. he wants to make renewable energy the cheapest form of energy.
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unfortunately, this administration tries to do that by raising the cost of other energy, not by lowering the cost of renewable energy. you know, brooke, we need to make energy as clean as we request as fast as we can but do it in a way that doesn't raise energy prices for american families. >> you bring up a word we're learing so much about, this word "investing." i know the republicans say, we cannot afford to make these investments. the president is saying we can't afford not to. senator ba raus sew, is there any room here for compromise? >> i think there's common ground on free trade. i agree with the president, we ought to go ahead and approve the free trade agreements, with panama, colombia and south korea. i've just been on a trade mission with senator mccain to colombia and panama. we need that. it will open up opportunities for american companies and american exports. that's something i absolutely agree and want to work with the president on. ultimate ultimately, though, we as a nation cannot continue to borrow 41 cents of every dollar we
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spend because the spending is irresponsible. it's unsustainable and brooke there are 00 lot of americans that are worried that it may be irreversible. as i told the president face-to-face, i'm concerned what we saw happening in greece may just be a coming attraction of what's going to happen in the united states unless we get the spending under control. whether you call it an investment or spending, either way it is adding to the debt and we cannot afford it. >> before i let you go, i want to ask you about what's happening ach the big state of the union pertaining to your party. the republicans aren't giving just one but two responses to the speech tonight, including michele bachmann speak forge the tea party caucus. are you worried at all that your party is increasingly at odds with itself? >> i think our party is very committed to helping the economy grow, get the spending under control. we believe the way to grow an economy and create jobs is by making it easier and cheaper to create new jobs. we do that by getting rid of a
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lot of government regulations, trying to deal with this massive debt. i it admire the people on the debt commission who basically said a lot of this health care law is going to make matters worse. they said, you shouldn't take the cuts in medicare from seniors to start a new government program. you ought to repeal the class act part of the health care law. they say it should have dealt with abusive lawsuits. all of those things and yet i haven't seen anywhere where the president will address those tonight. >> we will have to wait and see, sir. senator john barrasso, have you spik picked out your seat yet? >> i know where i'll be sitting. i'll be on the right with the other republicans. >> got it. we'll all be watching. i want to remind our viewer that's tomorrow i'll be joined by the democratic lawmaker who first proposed -- barrasso, mentioned he'll be sight citing on the right. first lawmaker who first talked about sitting side-by-side, mark
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u dual live in the "newsroom". it is a big decision for congresswoman giffords' husband. >> certainly consider what gabby would want in this situation and, you know, whichever way -- whatever he chooses i'll certainly support him. >> so what exactly is that decision he was talking about? we will tell you and we'll hear more from mark kelly's twin brother from space. that is next. also, which movies got nominated today for an oscar? did your favorite flick make the list? we've got the list here ahead.
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imagine being faced with this decision, either you choose between your last chance to do a job you absolutely love or being at your spouse's side in the hospital. that is the decision the husband of congressman gabrielle giffords has to make. aft nault mark kelly is scheduled to command the space shuttle "endeavour's" final flight. kelly has a twin brother. he says that that could work. scott kelly is all of 240 miles above earth commanding the international space station right now. i want you to listen what he told our team on "american morning" today. >> you know, with gabby being in houston, he could still be with her, you know, while he trains during -- in the mornings and in
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the evenings. so if he does choose to fly, it's not like -- it would be different if she was being treated somewhere else, but she is in houston so he could still be there to support her. certainly not 24 hours a day 7 days a week like he's been doing, but as she continues to progress, you know, a different level of support on his part might be p acceptable. >> mark kelly stopped in at the johnson space center for the first time since the shooting. he says his wife is getting better every day. they're hoping she starts a rehabilitation program by the end of the week. this is the first tweet from congresswoman gabrielle giffords. i assume it's a staffer. obviously they're tweeting about her intern who helped save her life. they're tweeting from the entire giffords team, happy 25th birthday daniel hernandez. sounds like you have fun plans tonight, fun plans meaning he
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gets to sit in the first lady box during the state of the union. we wish gabrielle giffords well. it's good to see a tweet coming from her camp today. one man says he was deafened and knocked unconscious in yesterday's airport bombing in h moscow, coming up, we'll hear from him and other survivors. also -- >> unforgettable. my sister will never come back, and it's sad. all the happiness is gone. they miss their mother every day. >> i told you we'd stay on this story. this man says his sister was killed by a philadelphia doctor when she went in to get an abortion. that is not all. we're going to hear from him and the woman's daughter sitting next to him in our exclusive interview, thext. catamaran sailor. i can my own homemade jam, apricot. and i really love my bank's raise your rate cd. i'm sorry, did you say you'd love a pay raise asap ? uh, actually, i said i love my bank's raise your rate cd.
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couple of top stories right now. have you heard? rahm emanuel back on the ballot for mayor of chicago. the illinois supreme court granted a stay just a couple of hours ago after a lower court ruled yesterday that the former obama aide was not eligible for office. the issue here is whether emanuel meets residency requirement. the state supreme court will hear the appeal and think have agreed to an expedited ruling. that election next month. remember this guy? he was sentenced today to life in prison without parole. ahmed ghalani was convicted on a conspiracy charge for the bombings in kenya and tanzania, 224 people including 12 americans died. ghalani was the first guantanamo detainee to be tried in civilian court. and now to the heartbreaking
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and gruesome story we've been following for you in philadelphia. the district attorney told me this is a house of horrors to quote him. a philadelphia clinic where hundreds of abortions were performed, some of them illegally, a grand jury indictment describes the unsanitary conditions, animal litter boxes inside, even a high school student administering anesthesia. at the center of it all, this man, take a good long look. this is dr. kermit gosnell, charged with first-degree murder for the death of seven babies and death of a 41-year-old patient. she died back in november of 2009 when she went in for an abortion. her attorney says she was fed a lethal cocktail of anesthesia prescribed by gos p nell. i had a chachnce to speak with r brother and her daughter. listen to how she described the
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conditions inside. >> the room is so dirty, so smelly. you know, the sitting room is so dirty. it's not like a clinic. there's so much women who are taking medicine. they are like sleeping. i doesed the lady to -- i askede lady to go with my mom, but the lady didn't let me go with my mom. i asked her, i have to go with my mom. she's completely sleepy. yeah, she don't know anyone words of english. >> let me ask you a question. were you ever -- did you accompany your sister to the clinic? were you in a waiting room? can you describe conditions in a waiting room? was it clean? was it dirty? were people professional? >> everywhere dirty. i can't describe how dirt canny it is, not supposed to be like that in a clinic. at the time when the ambulance
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arrived there, at that time i was waiting outside in my car. then i see the ambulance and then after a few minutes later i see her crying and jumping. then i run up to her and i hold her and i put her in my car. then i follow the ambulance. she told me, that's my mother. i don't have anybody to ask what happened to her. >> i also asked the family if maybe a language barrier or cultural differences may have prevented her from demanding better care from this doctor because the d.a. told me dr. g osnell's clinic took advantag of poor and immigrant patients. >> she was unable to because she did not -- she don't speak english at all. she did not go to school, and that's why i was there also. but they did not tell me
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anything until things happened. and yusoro was there waiting. she was treated inside without letting anybody know of the situation. and those things happened here because we never believe bad kind of treatment will be here in united states. we all believe we will get better treatment. that's why we came freely to that clinic. >> so you cannot bring your sister back, but dhamber, what do you think justice is in this case? >> my sister will never come back, and every -- it's sad. all the happiness is gone. they miss their mother every day. every day and night. i just want justice.
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this doctor has to be out of that clinic, or he should not be treating anybody, that things happened to me sister and i want not to happen anybody in future and that those are the demands we have. and that's what we want. >> of course, my thanks to them for joining me. as for this man, dr. g osnell, being held without bail along with eight different employees of that clinic. when we get a chance to hear from them, we most certainly will follow this case. coming up next, dramatic stories now coming out in the wake of yesterday's airport bombing in moscow. we'll hear from some of the injured survivors. that is next. and then the tea party moveme movement defends its decision to have representative michele bachmann deliver its rebuttal. we'll talk about the unusual move and what it might mean
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overall here for the republican party.
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have you seen the incredible security footage from that airport suicide bombing within mosc moscow? i know we rolled it before. let's take a look at it one more time. you can imagine -- perhaps you can't, i don't know if i can -- what the chaos would have been like, passengers with suitcases, friends and loved ones waiting near the international arrivals area. in total so far, 35 people died,
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dozens more did not. our own ivan watson was there, caught up with some of the survivors who are still reeling from what they saw and experienced just yesterday. >> reporter: one day after the airport bombing, a wounded survivor lies in a hallway. there aren't enough rooms in this moscow hospital for all of the victims. so this man's anguished mother watches over her son in the corridor. >> translator: i have shrapnel wounds here and here. doctor showed me two pieces of shrapnel. there were pieces of steel wire. >> reporter: he was with his wife at the airport monday afternoon waiting for a friend to arrive. that's when the bomb exploded. >> translator: there was a deafening bang, and we fell down. actually i think we were blown some distance and knocked unconscious. when i woke up, i realized my
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wife's leg was badly broken. she couldn't move. >> reporter: ambulances brought more than 100 wounded survivors to other hospitals across moscow. doctors say many victims had similar wounds. >> translator: we're treating three russians, a man from zimbabwe. all of them with shrapnel wounds. >> i just took grams of water and after this i was already was about to sleep. >> reporter: this man walked away from the bombing without a scratch. you missed the bomb by five minutes. >> just three minutes. i was going already just to the entrance and was very big explosion, very, very, very loud. it was impossible to go out. 20 minutes was impossible to go out. >> reporter: so you were trapped in a burning room.
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>> yes. >> reporter: fire and smoke? >> yes. 15 or 20 minutes. >> reporter: austrian businessman didn't realize how destructive the bomb was until he started seeing wounded people in the arrivals hall of the airport. >> coming two tourists side-by-side and across this way. >> reporter: they were pushing wounded people on baggage terminals. >> yes. >> reporter: it then took many terrifying minutes before hammerer found the man he was looking for. his business partner, and his wife. >> they were waiting for me. they wanted to pick up me. >> reporter: guilt from a survivor after a brutal act of violence. though this man is likely to make a full recovery, his wife is still in intensive care. ivan watson, cnn, moscow. coming up, we all expected a republican response to president obama's state of the union speech tonight.
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the 83rd academy award nominations are a hot trending topic today, and they went largely as expected this morning, for the most part. kareen wynters is joining me from los angeles with all the snubs and surprises. can i just say i am so glad "true grit" got a little love. >> yay. that's one of your favorites. i have so many favorites and speaking of favorites, let's get right to the best picture nominees. ten contenders this year, just like last year, so this is the second year we're seeing this. it really opens up the field. "the social network," no big surprise there, the popular movie about the launch of facebook followed by "the king's speech." the fighter" a little bit of a surprise, mark wahlberg, though nominated in the best picture category, mark wahlberg, some would say was snubbed, no best actor mention for him, and he actually got a nomination for the golden globes so people were really surprised by that. also "true grit," your favorite,
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"black swan," "the kids are all right," starring julianne moore, and annette benning, about a lesbian couple raising kids. "inception," "toy story 3" and animations in this category as well and finally "127 hours" and "winter's bone." what makes this category really great it's diverse, a little bit of animation. you name it. a lot of favorites. >> i can't pick one favorite. i've seen so many of them and i have a total movie crush on colin firth and "king's speech" did very well today. >> he's a cutie. got the most nominations, in fact, 12 nominations, and many critics are saying "the king's speech" is really the film to beat and colin firth is really the actor to beat, received so much critical acclaim. colin firth winning big at this year's golden globe award, best actor category. what's really dynamic about this race this year is that you're going to see colin going up again this year with jeff bridges.
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now, if you'll remember, last year jeff bridges actually won best actor for his performance in "crazy heart." played a tough-talking cowboy. not only is jeff bridges nominated again this year for his performance in "true grit," many people are saying, will firth get a little revenge? a little bit of competition playing out on that end and "true grit," by the way, got ten nominations, the second most. >> excellent. glad to hear it. the show february 27th in los angeles. thanks for the rundown on the big movies. need to see a few more before i can find my favorite. thank you. coming up here, is a serial killer on the loose in new york? we're going to tell you what police are now saying about the deaths of four young women. and remember last year's state of the union address, president obama promised to extend middle class tax cuts. well, how did he do on that promise? here is cnn's tom foreman. >> reporter: the future of the bush tax cuts were at the center of much debate this past year
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and prominently mentioned in the last state of the union. >> to help working families, we'll extend our middle class tax cuts, but at a time of record deficits, we will not continue tax cuts for oil companies, for investment fund managers and for those making over $250,000 a year. we just can't afford it. >> reporter: let's simplify this and just address the issue of middle class tax cuts. did the president deliver on his promise of extending those for most families, yes, he did. legislation passed late in the year, cut payroll taxes, further extended unemployment benefits and extended the bush tax cuts, but here's the catch. those cuts were extended for everyone, including families making more than $250,000 a year. republicans demanded it. the president object, but he signed it anyway. that is the very definition of a compromise. back in the 80's, it was really tough for me and my family.
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and now we go to john king joining me now with the state of the union preview. john, we know there are nine u.s. supreme court justices. some are in. some are out when it comes to tonight. tell me who is in and who is out. >> our expectation, brooke, is that six will be in and three will be out. let's focus on the three that we believe will be out. we know justice samuel alito is in hawaii for a speaking engagement. that one is interesting because he and the president of the united states had a little back and forth over a campaign finance decision the last time the president was up for one of these speeches. the justice alito did not think the way the president was describing that decision was accurate, and so he was shaking his head and having it with the president. so justice alito will not be there. justices scalia and thomas, two other members of the conservative bloc also not expected to be in attendance tonight, and this is part of the theater and drama about the state of the union. it is a big political speech. normally the justices aren't involved with the politics, but in recent years they are part of the political conversation as well, i guess. >> i think a lot of people would
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think this isn't a mandatory appearance for them, but it's not at all, and part of the drama, john, you alluded to. i thought people camped out for these seats, but apparently we learned that no house members no, saved seats. sounds like my high school cafeteria. no saving seats here so what's the deal? >> no saving seats. you get on an airplane and put your stuff on the seat next to you and hope nobody asks for it. the new republican majority, so we're feeling our way through it. also a new time because it's prom night or date night, whatever you want to call it, the post-tucson civility environment, a lot of democrats sitting with republicans and vice versa, not the traditional divide but the republican leadership announced no saving seats. can't put a note on the seat. after the security sweep the president will be in the room and the vice president. a secret service security sweep. after that to save a seat the member has to go and sit in it and stay there. once they are finished with that seat, if you want to be there, brooke, you've got to camp out. >> got it. what's the deal, too? we know it's congressman ryan who will be giving the anticipated gop response to this address. what's the deal with michele
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bachmann giving what it is the tea party movement response? what's up with that? >> this is also non-traditional, a non-traditional state of the union. publicly the republican leadership is kind of shrugging this off. privately they are not happy about it. paul ryan, by tradition, the republican leadership picks a response. he's the point guy on budget issues. that's the big fight. the president will talk about spending and wanted paul ryan to counter the president on spending. michele bachmann is a tea party favorite, initially billed as an invitation to tea party members. cnn will take this live now. i asked the house speaker about this this morning, john boehner, at a breakfast. first he said every member gives a response and then he acknowledged, yes, it's different. and he shrugged, smilgd and said, brooke, it is what it is. >> it is what it is. that is interesting. apparently she's saying, no, she's not in competition with congressman ryan, but it's interesting to look at the big picture as we move forward. john king. >> absolutely. >> absolutely. thank you so, so much. don't forget to watch cnn. can you also logon
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tonight for president obama's state of the union address. our primetime coverage, which john, of course, will be a big player part of, begins with the best political team on television, 7:00 eastern, and then president obama's state of the union 9:00 sharp, followed by the republican response and a full wrap-up with reaction and analysis anchored by anderson cooper. and now top of the hour here. let's go. watch this. police find four poddies on a beach in new york. we now know they were all murdered, but we also know they had something else in common. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. after weeks of mystery, we finally know three things. they are all women. they all had sex for money, and they all advertised on craig's list. >> their deaths are a direct result of their business as prostitutes. >> and now new fears that a serial killer is on the loose.
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thousands taking to the streets to protest the government in egypt. police fire tear gas. the crowd fights back. the violence comes just days after the unrest in tunisia. is this the beginning of a trend? plus, i'll tell you why it all involves facebook. and a father is accused of killing his young daughter over religion, running her over with his jeep. so how is he defending himself? we're on the case of this alleged honor killing. hello, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin. a lot of news happening right now as we're at the top of the hour. "rapid fire" beginning with this. watch this moment. this is the precise -- watch screen right. that is when the suicide bomb went off inside the arrival's hall of russia's busiest airport yesterday. at least 35 people are confirmed dead, and that number, in terms
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of those injured, may be close now to 200. so far, no claim of responsibility here, although extremists from russia's outlying republics have been blamed for similar attacks in the past. russia's president is demanding airport security officials be the ones punished here. next, rahm emanuel back on the ballot for mayor of chicago. the illinois supreme court granted a stay just a short time ago after a lower court ruled yesterday that the former obama aide was not eligible for office. at issue here, whether or not rahm emanuel meets chicago residency requirements. the state supreme court will be hearing emanuel's appeal, and they have granted to an expedited ruling. keep in mind, that election, next month. next, look at this fire. unbelievable pictures. obviously out of control. fire fighters could only stay safely back and try to keep it from spreading. it's a warehouse filled with chemicals between cincinnati and dayton, ohio. amazingly no one was hurt, but people who live nearby were advised to stay inside because
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of all those burning chemicals. emergency officials say the fire could smoulder for days here. no word yet as to what caused this. next, the so-called underwear bomber will go on trial october 4th. here is uabdulmutallab accused of attempting to detonate an explosive device in his underwear on that christmas day flight 2009 headed to detroit. he has pleaded not guilty, and he's acting as his own attorney, but he says he has a stand by lure just in case. next, you're about to see a very lucky guy, rescuers pulling this guy to a very icy and very cold detroit river. police say he hopped the fence behind the arena and fell into the water and get this. a former paramedic was the first on the scene. threw the guy's jacket. thankfully he's out. told him to hang on and called 911 and the man was rushed to the hospital. next, you've heard of snakes on a plane. maybe you were fortunate not
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seeing that movie, but how about pigs on a road? here they are hanging out on an interstate in kansas city, missouri. the highway patrol says a tractor trailer lost control of his rig and you guessed it, the pigs spilled on out. an exit ramp was closed for a couple of hours, while the pigs, poor piggies, were rounded up. and now in indiana, a sudden about-face from a certain lawmaker who wanted to require all students weigh every student. she hoped the numbers would help the state figure out which cities had the biggest problems with obesity. some parents said hang on a second, that goes way too far and one student understands both sides. >> i think it would be a good health idea like to weigh kids, but maybe some kids would like feel embarrassed about their weight. >> guess what? just the past couple of hours here, we have learned the lawmaker killed the bill, so controversy over. next, the city of philadelphia is out of the duck boat business. ever been on one of these?
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remember last july two tourists died when one of the contracted amphibious boats ran into a barge on the schuylkill river? a statement from the mayor's office today says the city will not award a contract for a ride the ducks tour operator. the mayor's statement did no specifically reference last year's accident. next, three weeks ago, this woman had a crown. miss arkansas, teen usa, 2010, and now you're looking at her own mug shot. police arrested megan burgess on the college campus for public intoxicati intoxication. we are told they found the 19-year-old sitting in the snow. she couldn't stand up. burgess expected in court next month. next, becoming a member of the royal family, you know, can be pretty stressful, right? so kate middleton, she is giving up -- giving it her undivided attention, i should say. the bride to be quitting her job months before she walks down the aisle with prince william. in case you're wondering, she worked for her parents' party-planning business so she'll be wedding planning
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instead. next, look at this. a school bus lands into a home in st. petersburg, florida. police say a driver collided with a bus sending it slamming into this home. look at that. the driver of the car has been arrested. before the bus hit the home, it smashed into two road signs and a fire hydrant. seven students on the bus did have minor injuries. next, if you have kids in the car, no more smoking. that is what lawmakers in canada are proposing. they want to make it illegal to light up near passengers younger than the age of 16. also worth mentioning here, bans on smoking in public are already in place all across canada. and finally, there is a disturbing case unfolding right now. several women are allegedly sexually assaulted, and the suspect, a police officer, and in the only is he accused of the crimes while on duty, but there may be other victims here. that is next. also, investigators are confirming that a serial killer could be on the loose, this after the bodies of four prostitutes were found, and at
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northward, even towards gainesville. the reason we're getting all this volatile weather is part of a larger weather system that brings not only severe weather to florida but snow to memphis, tennessee. nashville sunday a winter storm warning for 2 to 4 inches of snow. parts of mississippi may even see 6 inches of snow, and that's not all. the storm is on the move for tonight and especially for wednesday. notice the winter weather advisories. this just in. we now have winter storm warnings in effect for parts of massachusetts. that just popped up right now and northern rhode island. so get ready, brooke. a nor'easter is on the way for wednesday and thursday, if we don't have enough with what's happening right now. >> i know. >> going to get worse tomorrow. >> so much popping up. thank you. to washington, a place you didn't mention per se, but a lot going on there tonight obviously with the state of the union address. want to get now to gloria borger live for me in d.c., and gloria, let's -- let's get a little preview here. what can we expect to hear from the president tonight? >> well, it's kind of interesting, brooke. i just came back from a briefing that some senior white house advisers did and they don't want to go on record about this about
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the state of the union, and it was with some columnists, and we can't divulge the details because they are embargoed for the speech. >> sure. >> but what i can tell you generally though is that it's basically what we have been saying all along which is that this is going to be a very thematic speech, that this is a president that is going to outline the way we have to spend our money wisely within the fiscal restraints that we now find ourselves, and he's going to talk about investment in things like education and innovation, competitiveness, research, development. he's also obviously going to talk about the fiscal problems we face and try to set a tone, i think, for the civil nature of our debate that we have been talking about so much in the wake of the gabrielle giffords shootings, so it should be an interesting speech for us to listen to tonight. >> i know so much of what the president is doing today is under wraps. we saw him for just a snapshot. >> right.
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>> we heard him say, you know, i think it's going to be okay. i hope it's going to be okay, referencing his address. >> right. >> but do we know how he is spending these hours before the speech tonight? >> well, it's, you know, it's interesting. he's having meetings with all kinds of people, including news anchors. he's getting ready to give this large speech. as you know, he's pretty good at the teleprompter. his staff is trying to brief journalists, get their spin on it, if you will, you know, before the speech. and they are trying -- they understand that this is going to be the largest audience they get, and they get one shot at this, and everybody is going to be watching. we're going to be carrying it live. the networks will be carrying it live, and this is truly a very large moment for barack obama. we've seen in our polls just out today that people are feeling better about the direction the economy is taking, the president's popularity has risen to a certain degree.
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he had by all accounts a very productive lame duck session, and what he's got to do now is pivot to what they intend to make the next two years of their presidency about. he understands he doesn't have control of the house of representatives. it's a different political environment. i bet we're going to hear a nod to that, so, you know, in a way this is a truly, truly momentous speech for the president as he tries to define himself, not only for the next two years but for the election in 2012. >> first speech before a divided congress. gloria borger, we'll be watching right along with you. gloria, thank you. and in other news. police are sworn to protect and serve, right? but listen to this. a houston, texas, police officer is accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty and wearing his uniform. 27-year-old abraham joseph has been indicted on two charges of aggravated sexual assault, and prosecutors say there could be as many as five victims in this
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case. "the houston chronicle" is reporting one of these alleged victims has filed a civil lawsuit of accusing joseph of kidnapping her outside some cantina, taking her some place dark and attacking her on his patrol car's trunk. joseph is jailed on half a million dollars bond. prosecutors want joseph treated as a flight risk because he holds four passports, one of which, reportedly is missing. and now i want to take you back to a story we covered for you several times last month, the story you may have heard first right here. you remember this sheriff, remember him speaking this frigid afternoon near a beach on long island, new york? watch this. >> i don't think it's coincidence that four bodies ended up in this area, you know. that's a good -- you know, that's a good direction to go, that they were all dumped here by the same person. >> you have a serial killer dumping bodies along this stretch? >> you know, i'm not going to
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say that, but certainly we're looking at that. we're looking at that, that we could have a serial killer. >> that was december 14. fast forward now five and a half weeks later. authorities say, yes, we are talking about a serial killer potentially preying on women in new york. if you remember, back on december 12, an officer searching for a missing call girl, found a woman's body with the help of his dog near a beach road. the very next day investigators searching the same found not one, not two, but three more ses of remains, and then yesterday authorities finally announced the women's identities. here they are, all prostitutes who used the internet to help arrange hookups, megan waterman, missing since june. we actually talked about her before. her remains were id eid last week and then there's amber lynn costello missing since early september. melissa barthelemy last seen in the bronx july 12 and maureen brainard-barnes, missing from han mattan since all the way back, july of 2007, and those sadly are the victims, and now
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the chilling question obviously is who is the killer, maybe killerers? gil alba, former nypd detective joining me on the phone. gil, is this a single serial killer or perhaps a team of killers working on this together? >> yeah. at this time you can't tell, really. it could be one person could actually do all this, and, you know, definitely a pattern, and it definitely seems like a serial killer because everything is a real good pattern, and the fact that you have four murdered prostitutes and they were murdered in a similar style. they were wrapped up in burlap body bags. they were murdered in june, july and august. you know, they are white females, about 5 feet, 120, 130 pounds, craig's list all found in the same area and that's a pretty good indication it is a serial killer. how many, i don't know at this time, but one person could actually do this. >> one person could actually do this. guys, let's show this map again.
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four bodies were found within a quarter mile of each other and they were dumped at different times, so what would that say, here's the map again. what would that say about the killer? would this killer, let's say it's one person. would this person be taunting investigators, and if not, why dump the bodies all in pretty much the same place? >> i don't think -- i think we're all creatures of habit, and we go some place where we're familiar with, where nobody is going to see us, nobody is going to bother us, and you can actually take that body out of the car and just go a few feet from the road and just dump them there, and that's -- that's a pretty good place because you can see cars coming in both directions. it only takes a few minutes to just dump the bodies there. like i said, we're creatures of habit and that's what we do, go to places that we're familiar with, and serial killers do that. >> it could be from this area. if i remember correctly, it was a dimly lit road, a couple of feet from that road where these bodies were dumped, but i want to talk a little bit more about the profile. i know you touched on this year, but perhaps this person was
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hooking up with these prostitutes, perhaps then killing them. how would the authorities, gil, use that information and then try to find the killer? >> well, they have to put all this information together. june, july and august, and july different years, july was like a saturday and a sunday within that one week, so it could give an indication that he's at work, maybe he worked on the beach some place, and on weekends and maybe he only goes there for the summertime, so all that -- all that evidence and those patterns are building up, but, you know, one of the biggest things how to get somebody like this is another prostitute coming forward and saying, listen, i just got away from this guy and i don't know, you guys check him out. but a lot of times prostitutes are -- who now want to come forward, you know, they don't want to come forward, and that's the problem with this, and then, again, looking for dna on these bodies, different dnas, that could help also if there's other persons who were arrested. >> what about the thing they had this one thing in common, that
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is the internet and craig's list? the fact that it ties back to craig's list, does it help authorities find the killer, or does it help the killer cover his tracks? >> of course, craig's list is cooperating with the police so they are giving all kinds of information out, and this guy's pattern again, like in an e-mail, address, or something that he would give out, making similar statements looking for other people, could still be looking for other people. he doesn't necessarily have to stay on craig's list. can you do g on the internet and different sites. i'm not sure -- i think this guy goes around different sites and looks for different women, and i wouldn't be surprised if he's done this, you know, before. >> done this before. sure, gil alba, former nypd detective. great to have you on to lend your perspective. >> thank you for having me. >> you know, there's been all this talk recently about the competition between china and the u.s. who is winning? who is the world's biggest superpower? well, guess what. an american is convicted and now
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sentenced for selling secrets to the chinese. military secrets. that's ahead. also this. chaos in egypt today. thousands taken to the streets protesting their own government. apparently the violence in tunisia inspired them, so might this be coming a trend? hala gorani joins me next with "globe trekking."
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32 years behind bars for an american convicted of selling secrets to china. he's a former b-2 bomber engineer and a jury found him guilty of selling secret designs to the chinese government for money.
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prosecutors say he pocketed more than 100 grand. the information apparently helped china develop stealth cruise missiles. and now it has been quite a busy day here in international news. russia still reeling from yesterday's terror attack in that moscow airport, and violent demonstrations erupting across north africa. let's go to halla gorani for one of my favorite sections each and every day. couldn't take my eye off the protests erupting throughout the day. they are massive. >> we don't have an accurate final count of how many people were out in the streets, but they are unprecedented according to many observers on the ground. why? because you're seeing tens -- possibly tens of thousands of people out in the streets of cairo in egypt's secretary largest city, alexandria, protesting against the government of hosni mubarak, who has been in power for 30 years saying we want jobs. we want a more democratic open society. we want more individual freedoms. >> we also have other videos, and we'll stay on the mubarak thing for just a moment.
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i want to show the water cannon because it really stole our attention. there's this video. watch this guy in the middle of the screen, and this water, imagine how the force of the water coming out of that just showing the degree to which the police are trying to quell the rioters. >> and it's an interesting, symbolic image. in the end the question is will those protests -- that forced political change in tunisia replicate themselves in other countries? >> you mentioned mubarak has been in power for 30 years and a lot of people had tunisian flags shouting down with mubarak. >> saying mubarak, there's a hotel for new saudi arabia where the tunisian president is now in exile. tunisia and egypt are very different countries, not in the way that they are organized politically, necessarily or not, and not in the way that they are autocratic and the way that they good morning, everyone, but they are different because egypt is 80 million people. the allegiance of the military to the leadership is much stronger, so the probability that the kind of change we saw
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in tunisia will spread to a country like egypt is much lower. >> okay. >> yeah, and interestingly hillary clinton reacted today. >> what did she say? >> in a way some people might say is just a bit tepid coming from the united states. hillary clinton said the egyptian government, is quote, stable, and it's looking for ways basically to respond to the demand of its people. so, you know, it's not necessarily encouraging protests there. >> sure. secondly, we've been watching also lebanon. >> yes. >> and then what is it beirut and tripoli? >> seen protests there from the supporters of saad hariri. what you see there are tires being blown, roads being blocked by supporters of saad hariri and hezbollah's man of choice for the prime ministership was appointed prime minister and the prime minister's supporters have staged a coup. it's a question of will this turn into political paralysis?
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will it become more difficult situation for lebanon once again where we have on one side supporters of saad hariri and on the other side supporters of hezbollah clashing in the streets as we saw in 2008. >> greater middle east keeping a close eye on what's happening there. and finally king abdullah. >> king abdullah of saudi arabia. >> this is kind of fun. >> well, you know, he had back surgery in new york. >> right. >> he's 87. >> had the whole wing of the hospital to himself. we get it. he's a king. >> he is a king with a lot of money and a lot of oil wealth. >> so he left. >> he is now recovering in casablanca, morocco, but according to "the new york post" six private jets were used and the tsa had to basically subcontract security screening at jfk for him and his entourage. >> tractor trailers full of suitcases and luggage and multiple jets. >> you've got to chuckle. let's be honest. an army of outside contractors, and one of the jokes, according to "the new york post" airport workers jobs is there must have been a mini stimulus package for
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the city because of the number of contractors and extra employees they had to use to screen all of this luggage. >> is this par for the course when you're a king? is this kind of how king abdullah rolls? >> not just a king, king of one of the richest per capita countries in the world so, yes, this is the kind of thing that, you know, king abdullah would do. he travels with an entourage. now recovering, but on a more serious note. >> yeah. >> king abdullah has been -- of saudi arabia, has been credited with some effort of reform in his country. he's 87, and there are many questions regarding his succession. he's not a young man. eventually he's going to -- you know, there's going to be a succession issue in saudi arabia so there's a little more serious aspect of this. we did have a good half this morning. >> i read it this morning and said we've got to do it in "globe trekking." as always, a pleasure. >> thank you. better check your food labels because they are about to look very different. why nutrition facts are getting front and center attention, and if you're getting an iphone with verizon, we finally have a price
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alison, i didn't realize there was something wrong with the nutrition labels to begin with. tell me about the new labels. >> reporter: yeah. now i think the food industry wants to kind of put it in your face. what they are doing is they are starting to put some of those nutrition facts right on the front of the box. now this effort is voluntary, and grocery manufacturers association says many food companies have actually signed on to doing this. they have to show the calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar in the product, except if the package is too small, they only have to tell how many calories are in there. wait a minute. the companies can get kind of sneaky because the info can be kind of misleading. they can hide some of the things that we want to avoid, like companies can make a product appear more nutritious than it is, you know, by highlighting the positive nutrients like potassium, fiber and vitamin a and kind of hide the fact that it's loaded with sugar, kind of like your frosted flakes for breakfast. they can say, look at all this potassium and fiber but you're not really looking at sugar. still, read the back and the side of the box, not just the front.
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that's the lesson here, brooke. >> check the serving size. i know. i try to look as much as i can. >> so much to think about. >> from food to phone. big announcement. we know the verizon announcement happening. you just reported that apple is going to offer verizon the iphone. a lot of people excited about that. let's talk dollars and cents. what's it going to cost? >> reporter: here's the deal. the verse competitive shot came from verizon. you'll get unlimited coverage on the iphone for $30 a month. they didn't say how long this limited offer will last but it will eventually move towards what's at&t is doing where you pay for the amount of data you use, so the $30 a month plan, just a limited time offer, kind of eye-grabbing right now, eye-catching, but, you know, it's not going to last forever. it's going to go the way of at&t, so, you know, just when we thought they were going to be really competitive, not the case. >> do you have an iphone? think i'm the only person on the
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planet who does not have one. >> no, i don't. i'm on the way to getting the ipad so i don't know how much i need the iphone. i'm disappoint that had verizon is backtracking on the 30 bucks a month. was all excited. >> too good to be true. >> i know, i know. >> alison, thank you as much as always joining me from new york. thousands of people none too thrilled with their government here. you hear them. they are yelling and screaming and getting hit with tear gas. the situation is still unfolding in egypt. also, it is finally here. republicans and democrats getting ready to lock arms in the state of the union. who is going stag? they are lining up now. "reporter roulette" is next.
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date night in congress and chaos on the streets of egypt. it is time to play reporter roulette. i want to begin with cnn's dana bash there on capitol hill. dana, let's first talk about this resolution the house just passed within the last hour or two on spending. >> >> reporter: it is a symbolic move, something that republicans did knowing full well that they were passing a resolution on the floor of the house just hours before president obama spoke there, that says that they are going to keep their campaign promise on the republican side, and that is to cut spending levels back before president obama was in office. it is symbolic, and it is effectively the opening salvo of a very, very long spending fight
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that we expect republicans to have with the president, brooke. >> timing-wise, hours before the state of the union address. it's also not just an address to the. apparently it's prom, saying this sort of tongue in cheek, dana bash, but tell me about date night. >> reporter: not so tongue in cheek. you should see what it's like here in the halls of congress. does feel like. members going up to members, who is your date? doesn't feel much different from the prom. this was done by democrats to push bipartisanship, especially in the wake of the shooting in arizona, but we are definitely seeing a lot of talk about -- about who people are going to sit with. in fact. lisa murkowski, a republican who early on signed this on, says it reminds her of the eighth grade, making fun of the high school mentality and the kind of symbolism that is going on and went on to participate. not like there's kooties to be spread between republicans and democrats. >> talk of cooties on capitol
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hill, never thought. if we see corsages and beau s a boutiniers i'll laugh outloud. now to cairo and egypt. ben wedeman, what's the scene like right now? >> reporter: now we're in the area where more than 10,000 demonstrators collected calling for the ouster of egyptian president hosni mubarak. the scene is a bit calmer. there are fewer demonstrators, but basically it looks like they are going to camp out overnight. we also saw as many truckloads full of riot police approach the area so there could be confrontation there later on in the night because that area is really the heart of cairo. if it's blocked. if traffic can't get through, the city could be paralyzed so
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there could be more trouble there. but last we saw things had calmed down just a little bit. just to update you, we do know from the ministry of the interior here that one demonstrator was killed by tear gas inhalation, and one of the policemen was killed by a stone to his head, so already we have fatalities. brooke? >> two fatalities so far, and i think part of the bigger picture here is the fact that egypt not too far from another northern african country, tunisia, similar riots overthrowing the government there. with the situation in tunisia, become a model for change possibly in this region? >> reporter: well, certainly it's the real first popular arab revolution, and it has sent shock waves throughout the region and, of course, egypt has many similarities. it has an authoritarian government. it's been in power for decades. there are rising food prices, widespread corruption, so you
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have those things in common, but egypt is a much more liberal society. the press is freer. egyptians are allowed to criticize the government in the press, on television, but what the government normally draws the line when people take to the streets and start to demand the ouster of the president. brooke? >> ben wedeman in cairo, thanks to you, and that is today's "reporter roulette." and back to washington, a tradition for the rival political party to respond to the president's state of the union address, but this year there's bit of a new tradition apparently. the tea party movement is responding as well, and even though it supposedly doesn't have a leader per se, the group has someone speaking on their behalf tonight. joe johns has some of the behind-the-scenes scoop. "political pop" is next.
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. you know, a lot of promises are made in these different state of the union speeches but how often are the promises actually kept? on the issue of immigration, did president obama keep his word? here now, tom foreman. >> reporter: illegal immigration is a big issue now, and it was during last year's state of the union, too. >> and we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system, to secure our borders and enforce our laws and ensure that everyone who
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plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation. >> reporter: congress did not take up a comprehensive immigration reform bill and the president did not expert any significant pressure to make them do so. he did make a push for the dream act which would have provided a path to citizenship for people who were brought here illegally as children, but that effort failed. president obama says he remains committed to tackling this matter, but for now the issue is stalled. >> tom foreman, thank you. time now for "political pop." we want to give you the skinny on what really goes down in the post-game after the president speaks, and for that we turn our washington veteran who is in new york today, joe johns, and tonight, you know, i guess, joe in, a move sort of unheard of, heard the word unusual being thrown out there, after the president's address there isn't just one republican response but two. >> reporter: that's right. paul ryan, the budget chairman who is a very telegenic budget chairman, republican, is going
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to be giving the official establishment republican response. there's been a lot of controversy there. some suggestion, for example, that governor chris christie was asked about it and said he didn't want to touch it because everybody knows that sometimes when you do this response and you have possible political aspirations to run for president, you get in trouble. anyway, it's ryan giving the establishment republican response, and then we're going to have michele bachmann, the congresswoman, very popular with the tea party movement. was actually asked by the tea party express to come out and give their response, so she's expected to hit some familiar themes, you know, government, budget, government spending, the size of the government, probably talk about health care, and we're also expecting her, we're told, to at least compliment ryan to sort of smooth over any hard feelings that might exist in the republican party because there are two people going out, not one tonight, after the president's speech. >> she said earlier i'm not in
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competition with him. that's what she said. my question to you is why bachmann, why is she giving this tea party address and why from a party, shouldn't even use that word, it's not even technically a party? >> reporter: i have to tell you, something has happened to my ear piece so i can't hear you at the moment but i did hear you ask why bachmann, and this is a person who has been very closely associated with the tea party movement, and a lot of tea partiers really like her. they think she articulates what they want to hear. they think she sorts of expresses the right message. that's the bottom line on her. it also is important, i think, for republicans to acknowledge the fact that but for the tea party movement they might very we will not have done as well as they did, at least on the house side during the mid-term elections. >> joe johns in new york. joe, thank you. also today, conrad murray back in court, and this time he not only makes his plea, but he
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finds out when his trial may begin in michael jackson's death, and he has one very specific request. we are on the case. plus, what would you do -- what would you do here if your neighbor put up the sign you just saw, that sign in, his backyard, and what is that for? you've got to see this.
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you've heard the saying, maybe you've said, it there goes the neighborhood. okay, but how do you actually tell? got to see this. here's the one sign that the neighborhood may be going. what is this, you ask >> narrator: the the blazing letters also form an acronym. c-r-a-p stands for can't resite of end's place. it spells frustration, you think? now to a daring rescue. actually this one should hold you for a couple of weeks. fire fighters in miramar, florida, monday rescued a kitten that somehow got inside a light pole. they had to saw off the bottom of the pole and pull out this foolish feline. curiosity not killing the cat in this case, pretty close though. and this one, really, just
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needs no explanation. just watch. half court shot, plus backwards, equals awesome. and you think you're a loyal fan. then check this out. the chicago car salesman went to work monday with this tie, green bay packers tie and came home without a job. i'm not making this up. his manager admitted firing him for wearing a packers tie. get this. a competing dealer quickly offered the salesman a job. the two are expected to meet later this week. and ted williams, he is back on top of our trending list today after spending 12 days at the recovery center in south texas. ted williams has left the building. after appearing on "the dr. phil show" a couple weeks ago williams voluntarily checked himself into rehab to seek help for his dependency on drugs and
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alcohol. dr. phil had this to say about the golden voice's early departure. we hope he continues his commitment to sobriety and we'll continue to help and support him in any way we can, unquote. williams was unemployed and homeless for years and years until he was thrust into the limelight last month after a reporter's video of williams panhandling on the columbus, ohio, streets went viral. the publicity landed him several announcing jobs, including a contract with kraft foods. also trending today, "avatar" director james cam ron revealing a timeline to the next, not just one, but two installments of this trilogy here. cameron said the next two movies of "avatar" will be released a year part, two released around christmas 2014 and the final movie right around christmas of the next year. the first "avatar" released back in december of '09, remember this, branded as the most expensive movie ever to film with a budget of a whopping 300 million? it is the number one grossing domestic blockbuster earning already twice what it cost to
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film. and a dad is accused of murdering his own daughter over religion. prosecutors call it an honor killing, but can you guess what the defense is saying? sunny hostin is on the case. she's next.
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now let's get a look at tomorrow's news today. we'll fast forward and begin with politicians. they will be all over this one. the congressional budget office or cbo is releasing its budget and economic outlook for the next decade. that happens tomorrow. also, four men charged in the killing of a woman on her honeymoon will appear in ran irish courtroom. they all worked at the hotel where her body was found. also in court tomorrow, the college student accused of stabbing a new york taxi driver after asking the cabbie whether he was muslim. dr. conrad murray pleading not guilty in michael jackson's death. sunny hostin is on the case, and sunny, we no dr. conrad murray was pack in court in l.a. today. this was his arraignment.
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let's listen to what he himself told the judge. >> charge defense of felony manslaughter, how do you plead, dr. mur sme. >> your honor, i am an innocent man, and i, therefore, plead, not guilty. >> well, they be murray surprised the judge by asking for a speedy trial, so sunny hostin, what does speedy trial mean in california? >> wow, wow, wow, brooke. it means that this case is going to trial in 60 days. the trial date has been set. it's going to be march 28th, and i have to say this rarely happens. it sort of strikes fear in the hearts of prosecutors when a defendant says i'm going to waive -- i'm not going to waive my right to a speedy trial. i want to go to trial and now the prosecution has got to get ready. this was very unusual. i would say it was jaw-dropper. i was shocked. >> jaw-dropping, we get it.
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doesn't happen often in california. let me ask you this. how long would this trial possibly last? >> well, people are saying that there are going to be at least 30 witnesses, brooke, called by the prosecution, so we're talking one to two months. is it going to be sort of another o.j. simpson trial of the century? is it going to take six, seven months? i don't think so, but one to two months is probably realistic. >> and then how in the world do you choose a jury in the case of the death of michael jackson? >> that's right. the death of the king of pop. i would say very, very difficult but not impossible. i think there are certainly jurors that can sit, listen to the evidence and decide whether or not he's guilty, but it's going to be a difficult task. no question about it. >> whether l we be able to watch the trial unfold on tv? >> well, i think it is possible. the judge indicated today that he was inclined to allow cameras in the court root i mean, i for one as a legal analyst would be thrilled to -- to have that happen because i think many
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people just want to see the process here. >> yeah. of course, we would as well. so that will be interesting for all of us to watch, and then case number two here. it's a trial we've actually been following for quite some time. prosecutors are calling this an 00or kill. it was an iraqi immigrant accused of killing his 22-year-old daughter because he thought she was becoming too, to quote him, westernized. he allegedly ran her over and her boyfriend's mother with his jeep. the father is charged with murder and attempted murder. sunny, the defense laid out a very different scenario here as to what happened. what are they saying? >> a very different scenario. "the new york post" today said it was called the spit defense, and what the defense is saying. >> what does that mean? >> that this is just a tragic accident. he didn't mean to run over his daughter and the woman that she was with. he meant to spit on the woman that she was on. spit in disgust, and he just accidentally swerved into them and ran them both over, so this also was sort of jaw-dropping. i don't think anyone thought that that was going to be the
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defense here, brooke. >> okay. i'll reserve my comment. that's interesting. what is at issue here, sunny, with this trial, whether he killed his daughter and boyfriend's mother or is it about proving intent? >> it really is about proving intent. the prosecution is saying this was a calculated crime, that he pre-meditated the death of his daughter. however, the defense is saying this is an accident, so since the prosecution charged him with murder, attempted murder, those are intentional crimes if the defense can prove that they weren't intentional, then this is going to be a very, very different case. >> what about the fact that the father fled the country after his daughter was hit? wouldn't that hurt his case at all? >> it should. i mean, if you flee from a country, fleeing from prosecution, that's evidence of consciousness of guilt, and that can be put forth in a trial, and i think that certainly will be put forth in this trial, but what he is now saying is he panicked. this was an accident, and his family members told him to flee, and he followed that advice, so, again, very, v


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